Date of Submission

Spring 2017

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Classical Studies

Project Advisor 1

Lauren Curtis

Project Advisor 2

Daniel Mendelsohn

Abstract/Artist's Statement

In book 10 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the poet Orpheus appears and begins to sing a series of myths. This project explores the relationship that Ovid establishes between this poet’s own life and the songs he sings. I argue that Orpheus’ sequence of stories effects a process of self-reflection which, when analyzed from beginning to end, communicates a marked progression of the poet’s attitudes. Within a universe defined by mutability, Orpheus becomes a paradigm for internal change, for self-motivated transformation.

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